How would you describe your personal style?
Comfortable and chic. I believe that it is rather difficult to carry off something that is too tight or something you aren’t comfortable in. It’s very important to be comfortable as only then can you be stylish and graceful.
Being gorgeous: Actor Freida Pinto in a Chanel dress with an embellished neckline. Joel Ryan / AP
Which are the designers that you were always looking forward to wearing even before Slumdog Millionaire?
Oscar de la Renta—my all-time favourite.
Which has been your favourite dress or gown among those you have worn to appearances so far?
The Oscar de la Renta gown that I wore for the Bafta.
What is the extent of your involvement in your styling?
I am pretty much the final decision maker. Of course I take inputs from my stylist but sometimes if I see something that I like, then I even consider that.
What dresses and gowns would you choose?
I like my gowns and dresses to be well fit with clean cuts as I believe it suits me better than flowy garments. However, it should not accentuate the hips or overly accentuate the curves of the body. One would look weighty in a gown that has too much fabric. I like darker shades but I also like to dabble with lighter colours and pastels. Black, without a doubt, is my favourite colour. However, I’ve stayed away from colours like mint green and white since I haven’t found the right gown in both these colours.
What kind of accessories do you like?
For me, less is more. When I wear a stunning pair of earrings, I will not wear a necklace with it. For me that’s too much. I’d probably team it with a pretty ring.
I prefer to stay away from chunky jewellery. I like longer chains, baubles that reach the navel. I think it’s quite exciting and fun.
Who are your fashion icons?
I’d have to say Angelina Jolie and Kate Beckinsale.
When you were a model in Mumbai, what did you wear to parties?
For me, the evergreen little black dress (LBD) is really it. The little black dress really goes a long way in one’s wardrobe. You can always accessorize it with a stunning pair of shoes and a belt and you’re ready to go. Even 20 years hence, the LBD will always be in vogue.
What have you learnt about red-carpet dressing and handling yourself on the red carpet?
Well, I tend to slouch a little, so shoulders should always be pulled back. You should stand tall and be yourself. Too much posing on the red carpet can seem fake sometimes, so the key is to be comfortable and confident.
How often does the thought enter your mind that you might spill something on your gown? Have you had any mishaps so far?
I’m quite careful with my gowns and don’t spill anything on them. The only mishap (not really one) would be when the hem of my dress got slightly dirty on the Bafta red carpet due to the rain.
How long does it take you to get ready with hair and make-up for a red-carpet appearance?
Three hours minimum.
How does it feel when you step out of the car and on to the red carpet?
I’m always worried about the right exit from the car, generally due to the dresses I wear. I always aim at making a graceful entry onto the red carpet and I have to say that I have mastered the art of graceful exits from the car.